Here's a wonderful narrated slide show about one Double-Crested Cormorant that survived the recent oil spill. I was actually surprised to see this particular animal because, for some reason, almost no cormorants were brought in to care as a result of the spill.
Not seeing these animals at the wildlife center was quite perplexing. We should have seen them. They would have been directly in the path of the oil spill. Because these birds are the least waterproof of our local waterbirds, there is a theory that the oiled birds were unable to make it back to land, and that the oiled birds simply drowned.
Anyway, this slide show (click here) takes an rather long time to load, but it is quite interesting. I really enjoyed seeing all the people that I worked with on the oil spill response.
And, yes, by the end of it I was crying big slobbery tears.
I'll admit that I was a little surprised that someone decided to name the animal in the slide show. This runs counter to what I saw during rehab. Animals are not named, because they are not pets or little people. These are wild creatures, and should not have human attributes assigned to them.